Gulfstream Aerospace Corp's new industry flagship Gulfstream G700 is proving strong maturity through a multitude of test points.
The manufacturer will introduce a second fully outfitted production test aircraft to evaluate more G700 customer interior features in the spacious cabin and ensure unparalleled product maturity upon entry into service.
“The G700 is performing flawlessly through the flight test programme,” says president Mark Burns. “We have flown more than 2,800 flight hours across all flight test aircraft, and the G700 is exceeding our expectations for performance and comfort. In fact, our fully outfitted production test aircraft has already set seven international city-pair records, and we are looking forward to delivering the second outfitted aircraft soon.”
The aircraft set its seventh international city-pair speed record on 20 May, 2022 on SAF. It flew to EBACE in Geneva from Savannah, Georgia in seven hours and 37 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90.
In addition to the outfitted production test aircraft already flying, the G700 flight test programme includes five aircraft. The programme has successfully accomplished critical phases-of-flight tests, including envelope expansion, flutter, aerodynamic stalls, flying qualities, flight control systems and air-data testing, as well as cold weather and high altitude testing and all required structural testing.
The second fully outfitted production test aircraft will further illustrate the flexibility, comfort and innovations the G700 brings to the industry, including a grand suite with shower and all-new circadian lighting system. The aircraft is expected to make its first flight this summer.
Customer deliveries are scheduled to commence later this year.